CHICAGO (AP) - Michigan State University has maintained ties to a prominent volleyball coach publicly accused of sexually abusing and raping six underage girls he trained in the 1980s. Letters obtained by The Associated Press from advocates for the accusers reveal the school has been under pressure for at least a year to sever its relationship with Rick Butler. His training facilities in suburban Chicago have long been a pipeline for the nation's top volleyball recruits.
MACKINAW CITY, Mich. (AP) - Officials say a remotely operated underwater vehicle is getting a close-up look at electric cables that were damaged by what Michigan's attorney general has called a tugboat anchor strike in a channel connecting Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. The Coast Guard says the vehicle was deployed Sunday to get imagery of the cables in the Straits of Mackinac. Enbridge Inc. also has used an underwater vehicle to inspect nearby twin oil pipes believed to have been damaged in the April 1 strike.
DETROIT (AP) - Detroit may soon warrant a new nickname: Daffodil City. Officials say they have set a goal of planting 1 million daffodils by fall 2020. The effort already has blossomed, as 265,000 bulbs planted over the past few years have begun to bloom near parks and on medians. This year, they aim to plant roughly 210,000 bulbs in parks and elsewhere across the city.
DETROIT (AP) - A former Eastern Michigan University student has admitted to painting racist graffiti on campus. The Ypsilanti school said Eddie Curlin pleaded guilty Monday to three counts of malicious destruction of property and no contest to four counts of identity theft. University officials said in a release Curlin, who is black, vandalized the buildings then acted as a police informant to help solve the case, have previous charges dropped and return to school.
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